Nigeria will be expected to beat “disrespectful” Malawi on Saturday to reach the final stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month.
The African champions set the pace in Group F with nine points, followed by Malawi with seven points. Namibia are on five points, while Kenya are bottom of the standings on three points.
Malawi therefore need to win to go ahead of Nigeria in the qualifiers, while the home team only need a draw to march on in their quest to feature at Brazil 2014.
When both teams first met in the reverse fixture in June last year, Malawi forced a 1-1 draw in a dramatic final flourish in Blantyre.
Malawi have launched a mind game in which they have demanded for a replacement of the referee and that the southern coastal town of Calabar was unsafe and not suitable to stage a match of this magnitude.
The mind game has also seen FIFA demand an explanation from Nigeria over comments attributed to coach Stephen Keshi about their Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet, who incidentally was appointed Nigeria technical director but never got to take up the job because of local opposition.
Brescia forward Nnamdi Oduamadi was firm that Eagles will go all out to silence the Malawians this weekend.
”We are not underrating them, I know they have been preparing for the game even playing pranks on us. Their coach has been boasting they will come to Nigeria to upset us, that’s just his wish but we are more than ready to silence them,” he said.
“We are taking the game as a cup final. They will have nothing to say by the time we hammer them big time.”
Oduamadi added: “I am not disputing their potentials, I am not underrating them, but we deserve some respect. If they think they want to come to Calabar to embarrass us, we are ready to disgrace them and we will prove that on the pitch.”
Nigeria are yet to lose to Malawi at full international level as the Eagles have claimed victories four times from previous meetings including a 1978 All Africa Games clash.
They also welcome back several of their top stars like Emmanuel Emenike, Vincent Enyeama and Mikel Obi, who missed last month’s friendly in South Africa, which they won 2-0 in Durban.